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The Absent One Audiobook

The Absent One

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Publisher's Summary

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.

But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.

Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Warren United States 09-25-12
    Warren United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, great characters, wrong narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Absent One the most enjoyable?

    The story was very original and dark. There was no formula.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. By being different than the typical crime novel in making the despicable protagonist a sympathetic character


    How could the performance have been better?

    The first book was narrated by a guy with an accent from the area where the story takes place. This narrator was doing some sort of bad Eliza Doolittle impression. If a book is based in another country, the narrator should be striving to put us in that country. This narrator put us in 19th century London.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this author a lot. I like these characters a lot.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 03-09-15
    Aaron 03-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as good as the first."

    Slightly depressing story. Ok characters. Solid writing.

    The narrator was good, except perhaps some of the female characters. However, an English narrator with occasional Scotch accents felt all wrong for this Scandinavian thriller.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha 01-29-13
    Keisha 01-29-13
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    "My hgh has come down . . ."

    3.5 stars. Awh, my high from book one in this series has come down. There was no mystery in this one. You knew the culprits from the beginning so it was more a revenge story but just ok not great at all. Looking at reviews from the country of origin this book stumbles but book three picks it all back up so I will definitely try when it's released in the states. It's not bad at all just a let down after reading the near flawless first book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 11-28-16
    Diana 11-28-16 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Brutal . . . will have to continue another time"

    The first book was very good - and the darkness was relieved by the wonderful character of Karl's assistant and there was subtle humor throughout.

    I bought this second book on sale, so may give it a try again later instead of returning it. But the brutal sex scene that I have already been exposed to, and feedback indicating horrific animal abuse to come farther along in the book make me want to go to some of the other books I just bought on sale instead.

    The author is excellent, the numerous details added to the story, the insightful observations of human behavior, the assessment of how society is set up and people navigate their way . . . it's wonderful writing. But even though there really are cruel and abusive people in this world, sometimes time I spend on reading is for learning or entertainment. And abuse and cruelty . . . I don't want to spend my time or insert any more of that into my mind than I have to.

    So, I'll put this book aside, and maybe I will finish it in the future, maybe not.

    Narration: I preferred the first guy with the accents, they weren't perfect, but they had more life to them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Liz USA 07-05-15
    Liz USA 07-05-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Brutal and overly explicit!"
    Any additional comments?

    I agree completely with the review by the Librarian. I really enjoyed the first Dept. Q book, but this one caught me completely off guard. It was very disturbing, unnecessarily brutal and very sexually explicit. I could not listen to all of it.

    I enjoyed the narrator and the parts of the book featuring the main characters.

    I will comb through the reviews of Book 3 in this series before buying it, to be sure it is not a repeat of this type of writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 07-26-14
    Adam 07-26-14
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    "What a difference a reader makes!"

    I listened to the first of the series and found it tedious because the of the ponderous reader. Was glad I gave the second book a try because Adler-Olsen is good writer and it only needed a good reader to bring it to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-10-14
    John S MA 01-10-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Now I am hooked on this series."

    Set in Copenhagen, this is another in the great series by Adler Olsen. I read the series slightly out of order and although it was not that bothersome, I would recommend that you do read in order they were written. This was the second of 4 books, with the latest just released a few weeks prior to this review. I purchased the new one but have yet to listen to it. Detective Carl Mork is once again working the cold cases and has new cast of evil characters to contend with. Unlike most detective novels you know who committed the crimes from the beginning, the story is more about finding the evidence to arrest the bad guys.

    I read some negative reviews based on narrator, but had no problems with him. The first three books each have a new narrator, but unless you listen to them back-to-back you probably won't notice. Although like many others I prefer a single narrator for a series. The third and fourth book do share a common one, however.

    If you like this you will like the Jon Nesbo series and of course girl with dragon tattoo series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent thriller"

    I found this book to be very entertaining from several aspects. First, it is a really good thriller as well as a good detective book. Second, it provides some insight into the Danish/Swedish culture. Though not the same quality, this book does have similarities to the books by Stieg Larson. Book does provide some sense of humor.

    The story about the abuse, mental anguish and then revenge is very human as well as very touching. There are not many innocent characters in this book, even the victim are not all that innocent which makes this book very interesting.

    Steven Pacey is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job here as well.

    I would recommend this book, and I can’t wait for the next book to arrive on audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 11-05-12
    Katherine 11-05-12 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader, loves suspense, classics, and any books that are well written no matter the genre.

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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen"

    Book 2 of this new series was an entertaining listen. The main character was more fully developed in this book and the interactions between Carl and his assistants, Assad and Rose, (in Dept.Q) made for a lot of humor in an otherwise depressing case. The premise was a bit out there but it made no difference as I followed the sequence of events to the final conclusion. The end was inevitable and well written making me long for another book and a few more hours with this cast of characters. Really enjoyed the reader as well.
    I gave this book 5 stars as it kept me hooked into listening and finishing it in a couple of days!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth LA, USA 08-28-12
    Ruth LA, USA 08-28-12
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    "Just absolutely excellent."

    One of the best of the wonderful Scandinavian authors to be revealed because of the Millenium Trilogy. One of the very best I've listened to overall.

    This book takes off from the very first page. Detective Carl Merck and his Department Q deal with cold cases, nothing new these days, but their uniqueness and complicated lives take readers on an enticing and can't put the book down ride.

    Jussi AdlerOlsen's first book The Keeper of Lost Causes available on Audible which this book is a Department Q follow up is a must read too. Cannot wait until the next two books in this series are available.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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